Investigation continues into walrus deaths on Alaska shore

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the agency continues to investigate the deaths of 25 Pacific walrus found dead five months ago in northwest Alaska.

Andrea Medeiros says the investigation is ongoing and the agency’s law enforcement officials may have information to share in the next couple of months.

The carcasses in mid-September were photographed by a person connected to an Air Force radar station at Cape Lisburne about 230 miles northeast of the Bering Strait.

Some walrus were missing heads and tusks. Twelve were pups.

The cause of death has not been released.

Agency officials in September said missing heads and tusks did not automatically indicate illegal activity and that the animals could have died in the Chukchi Sea and washed ashore.

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